With the deactivation and the decommissioning of the USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720 submarine) we have moved much of our related content and other material below on this page.

As details are available we will populate this page with information related to the newly named LPD 31 - USS Pittsburgh.

USS Pittsburgh Fast Attack Submarine SSN 720 Legacy

The USS Pittsburgh Inactivation Ceremony - January 17, 2020

On January 17, 2020 the USS Pittsburgh inactivation ceremony was held in Keyport, Washington.  Here's a link to CO CDR Jason Deichler's Inactivation Speech and a link to the Inactivation Program.

Pittsburgh Post Gazette article about the USS Pittsburgh and our local Navy League


USS Pittsburgh Set for Decommissioning

The USS Pittsburgh, SSN 720, a Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine, arrived at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton on May 28, 2019 to begin the eventual decommissioning process.  The USS Pittsburgh was commissioned in 1985 and home ported in Groton, CT.  She was launched on December 8, 1984 sponsored by Dr. Carol Sawyer, and commissioned on November 23, 1985.  We in the Pittsburgh Council are most proud to have supported the crew and boat since its christening. 

The Inactivation ceremony was held January 17, 2020.

See the stories in the 2Q19 and the 1Q20 Newsletters.  

USS Pittsburgh arrives at Bremerton Naval Base for inactivation and eventual decommissioning

Pennsylvania  Senator Pat Toomey praises the USS Pittsburgh and crew

Pa Senator Toomey pays tribute, in the Senate Congressional Record, to the USS Pittsburgh and 35 year service by crew members. 

USS Pittsburgh Change of Command

Council members attended the Change of Command of the USS Pittsburgh on January 12, 2018.   CDR Neil Colston, the outgoing commanding officer, thanked the Council for its support, including visits to the city by the crew, hosting a Christmas party for the crew’s children and providing a scholarship program. The Council welcomed CDR Jason Deichler, a son of Pittsburgh, as the new commanding officer; and, of course, celebrated with a Pittsburgh traditional cookie table.

See the January 16, 2018 Pittsburgh Post Gazette article:


See the February 2, 2018 Pittsburgh Post Gazette article:


See the USS Pittsburgh Tab for further information

USS Pittsburgh Supporters



The day has come to deactivate the USS Pittsburgh (SSN-720)…a sad occasion but a day to celebrate!

The people of Pittsburgh have stood by the submarine that proudly bore her name. From the launching, through many years of deployments in defense of our nation, we have faithfully supported the crew.

The de-activitation date is set for January 17, 2020 at the Naval Underseas Museum Keyport, Washington. 

Links to articles about the USS Pittsburgh decommissioning

Pittsburgh's namesake ship, USS Pittsburgh, being decommissioned - WPXI Pittsburgh

USS Pittsburgh arrives at final base for decommissioning - Tribune-Review Archive

USS Pittsburgh Ready for Decommissioning - Military.com

USS Pittsburgh Submarine Decommissioned - NewsRadio 1020 KDKA


USS Pittsburgh (SSN-720)

By John Caspero


As of January 17, 2020 there will be no crew to ‘relieve’ thus the Relief Crew will cease to exist! Thanks to all of you members who are relatively recent or have been members for many years.  A gift of a picture of the USS Pittsburgh (SSN-720), at sea (on the surface), is being provided to all members of the Relief Crew from the past few years. This photo contains the signatures of all the Commanding Officers of the boat from CDR Ray Setser through  CDR Jason Deichler.

Scholarship Fund on Deposit with the Pittsburgh Foundation

On December 2019 the Board of Directors approved a process in which future selection of scholarship recipients will remain with the Pittsburgh Council.  USS Pittsburgh crew members and their dependents remain eligible and scholarships will be chosen from the applications we receive.  For 2020 and later, individual contributions can be made to the fund designating the submarine fund as recipient

The following posts are relevant to the USS Pittsburgh and occurred prior to the initiation of the inactivation and decommission process.

USS Pittsburgh Change of Command January 12, 2018

Members of the Pittsburgh Council attended the Change of Command for the USS Pittsburgh, January 12 in Croton, Ct. The outgoing CO, CDR Neil Colston thanked the council for it's support including visits to the city by the crew, Christmas Party for crew's children and the scholarship program. It was the Pittsburgh Council's joy to welcome CDR Jason Deichler, incoming CO a son of Pittsburgh (a first for the boat), and family to the Pittsburgh Council Family.  We all enjoyed a Pittsburgh tradition, "cookie table" at an evening gathering. 

CDR Jason Deichler is on the left --he is the incoming CO, and CDR Neil Colston, outgoing CO at a breakfast for their families/special guests hosted by the Navy League, Pittsburgh Council.

Jason M. Deichler, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, received his commission in 1999 through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics.

 Commander Deichler’s first assignment was USS WEST VIRGINIA (SSBN-736) (GOLD), where he led various shipwide divisions while completing four strategic deterrent patrols.  Upon completion, he served as a Shift Engineer and Material Officer onboard MTS Daniel Webster (MTS-626) in Charleston, South Carolina.  Reporting as the Engineering Officer onboard USS SPRINGFIELD  (SSN-761),  he completed a Central Command Deployment while earning the Submarine Squadron Two Battle Efficiency “E” award.  As the Executive Officer on the USS ASHEVILLE (SSN-758),  he completed a Western Pacific Deployment, earning a Meritorious Unit Commendation.

 His shore tours include Associate Professor of Naval Science at The George Washington University, Material Officer for Submarine Group Two and the Nuclear Officer Program and Submarine Officer Community Manager on the OPNAV N133 staff.  He holds a Master of Engineering Management degree from Old Dominion University.  He is entitled to wear the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (five awards), and other various personal, unit and service awards.

 Commander Deichler is married to the former Michelle Hoover of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  They have four children: Hannah, James, Matthew and Ian. 

Pittsburgh Council members Katherine Kersten, Polly Bozdech-Veater and John Caspero, attended the Change of Command.  The "cookie table" is a long standing Pittsburgh tradition usually done at weddings.  Cookies all made by relatives---CDR Deichler's wife Michelle mom's and friends made dozens upon dozens of cookies.

The CO, his wife and the team from the Pittsburgh Council:

And a wonderful Thank You from the CO:

USS Pittsburgh crew proudly displays Pittsburgh Steeler Terrible Towels

The USS PITTSBURGH SSN-720 Crew, on a port stop, holding 100 terrible towels and rooting for the Steelers. The submarine veterans of the Requin Base in Pittsburgh, sent them the towels.

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